Plant Manager - Food

Chicago Permanent USD170,000 - USD200,000
  • Growing, well known brand in all your local Grocery Stores
  • Senior leader role, owning the operation

About Our Client

Our client is a growing Food Manufacturer whose products you can find in all major retailers. They have been around for over 50 years and are growing through a period of positive transformation, upgrading their talent across the board as well as their processes and procedures. They are looking for an experience Plant Manager with strong food experience to take them to the next level.

Job Description

The successful candidate for the Plant Manager Food, will be accountable for all aspects of plant performance and will ensure that objectives are attained in a cost-effective manner that's consistent with quality requirements.

This position is responsible for planning, leading, guiding, directing, and managing a business unit site consistent with policies and procedures as well as with Federal, state and local law

Core Responsibilities

Yield & Labor

  • Establishes achievable goals and follows up all progress; positive or negative.
  • Trains and coaches supervisors/management to recognize opportunities and realize their impact on the operation.
  • Tracks progress of yields, labor, and all related expenses.
  • Identifies opportunities and implement solutions.
  • Formulates or approves short−and long−term operating objectives in areas such as cost reduction, quality improvement, new product development and/or integration as undertaken at the plant level.


  • Establishes accurate fixed and capital budgets for annual planning purposes.
  • Works to ensure operation is functioning to cost and budget so all aspects of the operation contribute to the total P&L.

Safety & Quality

  • Ensures efficient and profitable operations by conformation to specifications and procedures. Training
  • Trains, manages, and directs all support staff activities to include HR/Safety, Food Safety/QA, Accounting, Maintenance and Production supervision.
  • Enables plant to ensure all aspects of the operation are consistent, and operates within standards.
  • Facilitates a profitable operation that produces safe quality products efficiently.

Employee Relations

  • Ensures approachability and support to all levels of employees. Ensures management and hourly interaction remains contributable to a positive and effective team. Maintains accurate and open communication at all times.
  • Establishes and maintains favorable plant company−community relationships through active participation in community affairs.

MPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. MPI encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.

The Successful Applicant

To perform this Plant Manager - Food successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from regionally accredited four-year college or university in Agriculture, Animal Science, Business or related field and 10+ years' experience in plant management; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Bachelor's degree, preferred.
  • Minimum of 7+ years' experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
  • Manufacturing knowledge and understanding of yields, plant efficiencies, and operations procedures.
  • Solid understanding of OSHA, USDA and Food Safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of different pork products and the Meat Industry, preferred.
  • Ability to work with, and lead, a diverse workforce.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software (Excel and Word).
  • Solid understanding of cost accounting and P&L management.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • High level of organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
  • Strong interpersonal, technical and presentation skills.
  • Bi-Lingual, preferred.
  • Ability to work well with others in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the specified plant, which includes all managers, supervisors, office workers, and production employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

What's on Offer

Highly competitive compensation target $180,000 - $200,000 base + bonus

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Job summary

Engineering & Manufacturing
Sub Sector
General Management
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
Contract Type
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Ross Hendry
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